The new COVID restrictions for London from October the 17th

Mayor of London speaks about the new COVID restrictions for London - what it means for businesses
20 October 2020

From Saturday, October the 17th, the Government moved London into the high-level alert level.

The restrictions apply from now on: 

  1. Londoners will be banned from mixing with other households indoors. This includes in homes, pubs and restaurants. When outdoors, Londoners must not socialise in a group larger than 6 people.
  2. Single person households can continue to form a bubble with another household. 
  3. New rules for exercising. Exercise classes can continue outdoors, but indoor classes will only be permitted if it’s possible to avoid mixing with people outside your household.
  4. Londoners should aim to reduce the number of journeys they take. If you need to use public transport, do so on off-peak times and wear a face covering for the entire journey. 
  5. Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law.
  6. Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues will still close at 10pm. Customers will still need to wear a face covering at all times, apart from when seated to eat or drink, and staff will need to wear a face covering at all times. 
  7. Schools, universities and places of worship will remain open. The restrictions on numbers at weddings and funerals will still apply.

The Mayor of London called on the Prime Minister to come forward with more financial support for affected businesses in London, arguing that the recently announced Job Support Scheme will not help severely affected businesses of London. He urged that the furlough scheme supporting 80 per cent of wages as it was originally, should be continued for the worst affected sectors and that the business rates holiday for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses should be extended to next year.


Mayor supports businesses through the Pay it Forward London crowdfunding platform and the accompanying Back to Business Fund matching scheme.

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